Successfully “Upskilling” Your Workforce

Thursday, May 25, 2017
11:30 am   -   12:30 pm
Room: Nautilus 3
Moderator: Caroline VanIngen-Dunn, Director, Community College STEM Pathways, Science Foundation Arizona

While recruiting new workers with strong STEM skills is a major priority for many companies, retraining existing employees with specific science, math, and tech skills is also proving to be an effective workforce development strategy. “Upskilling” through competency-based education, robust professional development programs, and other techniques is providing employees with a successful pathway into higher-skilled jobs. According to UpSkill America, some 24 million workers in the U.S. “face little to no upward career mobility,” and investing in these workers is proving to be a boon for firms. Hear from employers who are tapping into the upskilling technique to address their respective skill gaps.